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‘Small mentality’ to Puma’s condom expertise: Best quotes at Euro 2016

The Euro 2016 had it’s hits and flops with many of its star players showing their anguish or confidence with quirky quotes that are atypical of their individual characteristics as the creme de la creme of European football .

euro 2016 Updated: Jun 25, 2016 16:37 IST
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Ronaldo slammed Iceland’s “small mentality” after the two teams’ 1-1 draw.
Ronaldo slammed Iceland’s “small mentality” after the two teams’ 1-1 draw.(AFP)

The Euro 2016 has had its share of hits and flops thus far, with many of its star players showing their anguish or confidence with quirky quotes that are atypical of their individual characteristics as the creme de la creme of European football .Let’s take a look back at some of the best quotes from the Euro 2016 group stage:

“Iceland didn’t try nothing, they just defend, defend, defend, they had two chances and scored a goal, it was a lucky night for them. We’re frustrated, they didn’t try and play. It’s why I think they will do nothing here. In my opinion, it’s a small mentality.”

Cristiano Ronaldo lashes out at Iceland’s defensive approach after a 1-1 draw in their opening Group F match. (REUTERS)

“He’s a fantastic footballer, but he’s not a gracious human being and the thing is we almost nicked the win, so him saying we weren’t going for the win contradicts that.”

Iceland’s Kari Arnason hit back at Ronaldo’s claims. (AFP)

“I hope Puma does not produce condoms.”

Xherdan Shaqiri after four Switzerland players, including teammate Granit Xhaka, above, ripped shirts during the 0-0 draw with France. (REUTERS)

“I believe 80% of you (journalists) and me as well, sometimes scratch your nuts from time to time.”

Lukas Podolski defends Joachim Loew, above, after the Germany coach was caught scratching his genitals by television cameras. (AP)

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“I think we’ve got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We’ll definitely show that on the day. They big themselves up before they’ve done anything, so we’re going to go there and we believe we can beat them.”

Gareth Bale ahead of Wales’ clash with England, which his side went on to lose 1-2. (REUTERS)

“So that’s football. Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you’re the tree. That’s part of the business.”

Germany’s Mario Goetze on criticism of his performances at Euro 2016, two years after his goal won the 2014 World Cup final. (AP)

“I would guess we will change the national holiday. It’s normally on June 17, but they will probably change it now.”

Iceland’s joint coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, right, after their historic 2-1 win over Austria sent the country into the last 16. (REUTERS)

“The legend can still deliver.”

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the tournament. His team crashed out with just a single point as he called time on his international career. (AFP)

“He’s fine. We locked him up about 25 minutes ago. He’s caged in at this minute, as his beard gets longer, and uglier. But he’s good. He’s the werewolf of Manchester.”

Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill on his assistant and Manchester United legend Roy Keane, left. (REUTERS)

“He’s fine. We locked him up about 25 minutes ago. He’s caged in at this minute, as his beard gets longer, and uglier. But he’s good. He’s the werewolf of Manchester.”

- Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill on his assistant and Manchester United legend Roy Keane.